On September 18th, the New York Post began campaigning that a block of River Avenue, the avenue on which Yankee Stadium is located, be renamed to Rivera Avenue in honor of retired Yankee closer Mariano Rivera. On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that the proposal to do so passed 47-0, unanimously agreeing that the new address of Yankee Stadium will be East 161st St and Rivera Ave.
"It’s an honor to have a street named after me," Rivera told The Post afterwards.
" I have a lot of great memories driving down that street. My family and I are extremely grateful for this."
The article states that Yankees fan Thomas Ferrera persuaded City Council member Maria del Carmen Arroyo to file the paperwork necessary for the change. Ms. Arroyo's district includes Yankee Stadium. Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan also helped to push the City Council to approve the bill by holding a petition drive. Almost three months after the Post started championing the idea, Mo will be honored with a street named after him.
According to the report, it could take up to three months before the changes are officially made. Knowing the Yankees, they may very well wait until April 7th, 2014 to unveil the change. The Yankees home opener is scheduled that day at 1:05 PM against the Baltimore Orioles. It's not hard to picture a fantastic celebration with Mariano Rivera throwing out the first pitch that afternoon after Rivera Ave. is unveiled to the public for the first time.
Let us know in the comments section what you think of River Ave. being renamed Rivera Ave. in honor of Mo.
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